A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Secretary Salazar to Hold Media Teleconference to Discuss Next Steps in Energy Planning for U.S. Arctic
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, June 26, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a teleconference with reporters to discuss next steps in planning for potential energy exploration in the U.S. Arctic, including through the 2012-2017 Five Year Program, which will be released in the coming days. Joining the Secretary on the call will be Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy Beaudreau.
Salazar and Hayes are in Trondheim, Norway to continue their ongoing dialogue with international counterparts, government officials and oil and gas industry leaders to help inform the safe and responsible development of domestic offshore energy resources, including plans to expand production in the U.S. Arctic. On Tuesday morning, Salazar and Hayes will participate in an Arctic energy roundtable and on Wednesday they will participate in a ministerial forum on offshore drilling safety, including best practices developed in the United States. These discussions and meetings are part of the Obama administration's commitment to expanding safe and responsible production of our domestic resources while ensuring the strongest possible safety and environmental oversight of offshore oil and gas activities on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.
Credentialed media can participate in the June 26 call by dialing 1-866-844-9416 and providing the access code INTERIOR.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Tommy Beaudreau
News media teleconference on discuss next steps in energy planning for U.S. Arctic
Tuesday, June 26, 2012: 12:00 PM EDT.
Credentialed media are invited to join the teleconference call by dialing 1-866-844-9416 and providing the access code INTERIOR.